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Improve your memory.

Intend to memorize it? Our memory is at its best when we WANT to memorize, and when we have a strong motivation to memorize. Ever read a text, and then a minute later not remember it? Probably because you weren't that interested in it in the first place. To remember it, you have to WANT to remember it. Here are a few tips to improve your memory: Learn to visualize your thoughts. Your brain can think in terms of words and in terms of images. Therefore, when memorizing an item, learn to recall it in ways that you can explain it, and in ways that you can see it. Speak out loud! When you recite something or read something out aloud, it brings more attention and motivation to it, which will help you remember it better. Adding of another sense (sound) helps with memorization as well. Eat the right food. Fiber and vitamin C rich foods such as cantaloupe, blueberries, asparagus, and sweet potatoes can help enhance your memory. Foods containing beta carotene, such as red foods, help with memory as well. Some of these foods are watermelon, strawberries, tomatoes, cherries, and radishes. Use technology to your advantage. Although technology is a reason that our existence is inflicted with so much information, and thus test our memory like never before, it can also be a very useful tool to help with your memory. Use organizers, day planners, computers, alarm clocks, and the likes to help you recall and remember things that you would normally not. Use dead time. This is time that is otherwise wasted or just under-utilized. Driving time, time spent in waiting rooms, or even time spent raking your yard can be included in this and you can start to use this time to listen to books-on-tape. You may spend 200 hours a year in your car. What could you learn in that time? Write. Writing is good for your mind in a number of ways. It is a way to tell your memory what is important, so you'll recall things more easily in the future. It is a way to clarify your thinking. Sleep better. As long as you get a certain amount of sleep - probably a minimum of five hours - the quality seems to be more important than the quantity. Also, short naps in the afternoon seem to work well to recharge your brain. Laugh. Laughter is a good contributor for your brain health. When you laugh it can open new ideas, thoughts and can help you to memorize well. Also when you laugh the stress becomes lower. Get educated. Scientists have known for a while that the less educated get Alzheimer's more frequently. Education in any area seems to make the brain and the memory stronger. Ask questions. This is a great way to keep your brain and memory in shape. Just get in the habit of asking questions often, even if it is only in your own mind.

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Publication:Yemen Times (Sana'a, Yemen)
Date:Feb 14, 2011
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